Mary Had a Little Lamp: Rhyming Mentor Text!

Rhyming plays a big role in developing early reading skills and also is a big indicator in regard to students who will really struggle with learning how to read.  So, I try to regularly include rhyming activities in my lessons through read alouds, sorts and games.  I am always relieved when doing rhyming activities with my students to see that they get it- if they aren't able to recognize or make their own rhymes, I keep a close eye on that student to see if there are other areas in reading that he/she majorly struggles with as well.

Today I'm linking up with the great girls over at Collaboration Cuties for their Language Arts Must Read Mentor Text.  I'm sharing a fun book that has loads of rhymes in it that my little friends enjoy: Mary Had a  Little Lamp by Jack Lechner.

 This book has super cute illustrations and is just a generally silly story about Mary and her lamp that she takes everywhere with her. She takes it out for Chinese food, to a baseball game, takes it sledding, etc. Rhyming words pop up on every page of the story so this is a perfect text to use to practice and review rhyming words.

There are so many activities you can do with this story! I haven't done #5 yet, but plan to in the near future because I think it would turn into a very cute class book- of course we would try to make those sentences rhyming sentences too! :)

Have a great day!


  1. Love the look of this book and all of your suggestions. I have not done a class book yet - but I think I have my first one! I use a poem about Mary around Halloween - Mary Had a Vampire Bat - I think these two will go together perfectly! Thanks!

  2. This book looks adorable! We'll have to add it to our list. Making class books is the best!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  3. Cute book! I haven't seen that one yet. I agree that rhyming is so important to these young readers. Your idea would make a great class book!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. Cute book & ideas to use with the book! Yes, rhyming is so important to our young readers.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas. It sure would be a great class book for conferences coming up!

  5. This is one of my favorite books. Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. How adorable! I love books like these because we can compare them and then they can try to write their own story like it! Perfect for upper grades too!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I have never seen this one!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. I am always on the lookout for ways to incorporate rhyming into my curriculum. I have never heard of this book and can't wait to try it. I also love the idea of giving thumbs up when you hear a pair of rhyming words! Thanks for the awesome idea!

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